APPLY NOW: Building Vibrant Communities Grants

Applications are now open for Building Vibrant Communities grants. The grants support community groups that deliver, strengthen, or expand programs that help Nova Scotians living on low incomes.

Programs may include those that address workforce attachment, housing, mental health and addictions, food security, youth transition to adulthood or transportation.

This year there will be a stronger focus on projects that:

  • address poverty-related challenges created or worsened by COVID-19
  • align with promising practices that are emerging through the Poverty Reduction Blueprint

“At the Department of Community Services, we’re working to prevent or interrupt the cycle of poverty so Nova Scotians can continue to build the kind of lives they want for decades to come,” said Kelly Regan, Minister of Community Services. “These grants allow organizations to design innovative approaches to reduce poverty and help families create better futures.”

Eligible applicants include non-profit organizations, Mi’kmaw communities, registered charities, municipalities and social enterprises.

“These grants strengthen community programs and the non-profit sector that help Nova Scotians struggling to make ends meet,” said Suzanne Lohnes-Croft, Minister of Communities, Culture and Heritage. “These programs can change people’s lives and make our province a safer, more caring place to live.”

Funding is available for up to $50,000 per project. Total funding of $792,000 is available for the Building Vibrant Communities grants in 2020-21.

The program is accepting grant applications until midnight on Jan. 15, 2021. Apply here: Building Vibrant Communities Grant | Communities, Culture and Heritage (

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